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The Journey: An insight as an English major

  Priscilla Ortega English 190 Professor Garcia 10 December 2019 The Journey: An insight as an English major As a young freshmen at the University of California, Merced, I was unaware of what exactly is to be an English major and the change it takes upon your life. I grew up in South Central, Los […] Continue reading

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William Blake’s critique of self-righteousness

In this paper, I will analyze how William Blake attacks the oxymoron “good-will.” Therefore, I will examine how Blake’s “good-will” is a false traditional morality that is a critique in Annotations to Swedenborg’s Divine Love and Divine Wisdom (1788). This paper argues that although Blake’s objective is to criticize conventional Christian morality (good-will) to expose […] Continue reading

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“An Examination of Metaphorical Self-Flagellation”

I chose Alejandro’s blog post because his interpretation seems to resonate with the image  in Milton’s Book 1, page 151. The plate illustration has four individuals near the ocean in which two are standing up gracefully and the other two are sweeping. Each of the individuals that are standing up can represent Milton and Blake […] Continue reading

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God is a Woman

Why does Milton need to “go down self annihilation and eternal death” ?(book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162)   William Blake and Milton share views based upon spirituality and sexuality that explores realms of the self with God. However, in Blake’s  “Milton: Book 1, plate 2, lines 1-24; page 148) it discusses about […] Continue reading

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Is humanity all good or all evil ?

Urizen’s weeping at the end of William Blake’s section “Asia” in The Song of Los primarily represents the remorse for all his injustices against humanity. However, I disagree that Urizen’s weeping demonstrates the remorse for all his injustices, rather it shows his distraught over the failure of his reason/logic. Also, his distraught over the failure […] Continue reading

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Is Blake against or for revolutionary change ?

In William Blake’s Europe, A Prophecy leaves many suggestions, concerns, and questions to be asked and answered. Blake’s intention was to inspire, but questions the morals of humans and our imagination. Relatively, I will be answering and developing further upon the prompt “Why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred-year old slumber described as a “female dream?” Her […] Continue reading

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Blake and Paine: Reason is Evil

William Blake constantly tries to deconstruct the binaries formed in our society by proposing radical ideas and using religion. In addition, Thomas Paine rejects reason as the source of good in his work, from The Rights of Man (1791). Blake’s “The voice of the Devil” (1790) realigns the radical ideas proposed by Paine with the […] Continue reading

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Blake and the Moravians’: An insight on Christianity and imagination

William Blake’s work consisted of religious influences and erotic connotations. For example, in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell , he states, “But first the notion that man has a body distinct from his soul, is to be expunged; this I shall do, by printing in the infernal method, by corrosives, which in Hell are […] Continue reading

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Is hell the road to imagination ?

William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” is intriguing yet, can cause confusion to understand the contradictions, symbols, paradoxes, and other literary purposes in his work. However, I’ve chosen the proverb “You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough” (73). This proverb speaks about the possibilities of expanding your knowledge and […] Continue reading

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A Transition Between Innocence & Experience

In William Blake’s The Songs of Experience, the shift of tone and expression changed drastically from Blake’s The Songs of Innocence. The series of poems/songs in The Songs of Experience are less angelic and more religious. Perhaps, the contrast among innocence and experience explains the black and white dynamic that creates serious, creepy, sad, or […] Continue reading

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